Perez et al v. Family Dollar Services Inc et al
ORDER directing counsel to confer and inform the Court no later than Thursday, March 20, 2014, whether all parties want to proceed with the settlement conference scheduled for April 2, 2014. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerry W. Cavaneau on 3/17/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
GASPAR PEREZ, et al
CASE NO. 3:13-cv-00019 DPM
FAMILY DOLLAR STORES
OF ARKANSAS, et al
This case is set for a settlement conference on Wednesday, April2, 2014. I note the
parties have scheduled a private mediation in Memphis for March 26, 2014, one week earlier.
(CM/ECF doc. 60)
If the private mediation is unsuccessful, it seems unlikely that a settlement conference a
week later, with no additional discovery, would bear fruit. Settlement conferences in this district
are not mandatory, and are set only on request of the parties. I certainly do not want to preclude a
conference, but am reluctant to subject the parties to unproductive expense, or counsel and the
Court to the expenditure of time and effort, unless there is a reasonable possibility of success.
Counsel must confer and inform the Court no later than Thursday, March 20,2014,
whether all parties want to proceed with the settlement conference on April2, 2014. If not, I will
cancel the conference. If all wish to proceed, I will be glad to hold the conference as scheduled.
I would also stand ready to reschedule if you feel a later conference would have a better chance
IT IS SO ORDERED THIS 17'h DAY OF MARCH, 2014.
Jerry W. Cavaneau
United States Magistrate Judge
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